Cessna CitationJet

October 5, 2008 - 3:39pm

Even with the current economic entropy, Cessna remains on track to deliver 470 new jets this year and is forging ahead full-speed with its new aircraft development programs.

“We are not backing off on any of our investments or development,” Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said at a press conference yesterday. He cited lessons Cessna learned during the economic downturn of 2001 to 2003 as the chief reason why.

October 1, 2008 - 10:59am

Cessna flew the first production Citation CJ4, S/N001, on August 19, a little more than three months after the first flight of the prototype. Production S/N 001 will fly avionics and systems certification tests, and S/N 002 will be used for function and reliability testing and company service tests.

September 30, 2008 - 7:00am

Cessna has selected Parker Aerospace to supply the flight control system for its large-cabin Model 850 Citation Columbus. The contract is estimated at $400 million over the life of the program.

August 21, 2008 - 12:02pm

Cessna Aircraft yesterday delivered the 100th Citation Mustang at the Independence, Kan. plant where it manufactures the very light jet. This commemorative Mustang went to long-time Cessna customer Supap Puranitee, a businessman in Thailand who put a deposit down on the jet the day it was launched at the 2002 NBAA Convention.

August 14, 2008 - 11:51am

Cessna yesterday said it completed a series of wind-tunnel tests for its large-cabin Citation Columbus. Results from the tests in low- and high-speed wind tunnels will be analyzed in the coming months, though Cessna said that preliminary data analysis revealed no surprises.

August 8, 2008 - 9:48am

In those first 100 years, the human race soared from Kill Devil Hills, N.C., to the moon and back, and the corporate aircraft eventually became the boardroom and the office. But as NBAA gathers in central Florida for the second year in a row–and just two years removed from 9/11– security and access to airports and airspace have taken on new urgency and meaning.

August 5, 2008 - 11:07am

The first production Citation CJ3 (S/N 001) entered flight test last month, three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Cessna. During the 1.5-hour flight, the aircraft was put through a full range of airspeed from stalls to Mmo and coupled approaches. S/N 001 will be used primarily for avionics development and certification. Cessna has dedicated three CJ3s to certification.

August 5, 2008 - 10:42am

It has not been a good summer for the Cessna Citation 650 or 525. Last month, owners of the Cessna 650 Citation VII learned of a proposed AD (Docket No. 2002-NM-332-AD) that would require repetitive replacement of the horizontal stabilizer primary trim-actuator assembly with a repaired assembly.

August 5, 2008 - 10:39am

The very light jet segment got a bit more crowded early last month when Westport, Conn.-based startup Avocet Aircraft and Israel Aircraft Industries publicly announced a partnership to develop a six- to eight-seat (including pilot) twinjet.

July 30, 2008 - 7:29am

Cessna CitationJet 525, Van Nuys, Calif., Jan.